The poor turnout on Sunday underscored how the country's unpopular and disorganized extremist movements have been driven underground.Antiracist groups gathered »
The killing of a 20-year-old Minnesota man during a traffic stop Sunday has drawn attention to so-called pretextual arrests, which allow police to pull vehicles over for minor traffic violations and then investigate unrelated crimes. Daunte Wright was shot by a police officer Sunday afternoon in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center after officials say they pulled him over for an expired registration on his vehicle. No gun was found in the car, and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believed the officer intended to tase Wright but shot him instead, calling it an “accidental discharge.”
Iran's foreign minister on Monday vowed vengeance against Israel for an explosion a day earlier at the Natanz nuclear site that he blamed directly on Tehran's arch enemy. Israel has all but claimed responsibility for the apparent sabotage operation that damaged the electricity grid at the Natanz site on Sunday, with multiple Israeli outlets reporting that Mossad carried out the operation, which is believed to have shut down entire sections of the facility. Iran on Monday said the person who caused the power outage at one of the production halls at Natanz had been identified.
Insider spoke with a former Minneapolis police officer who quit days before Derek Chauvin's trial. Chauvin's trial over George Floyd's death began March 29, and witnesses have been testifying. A former Minneapolis police officer who quit the department days before the start of Derek Chauvin's trial said he did so fearing there would be riots in the city no matter the outcome.
The Taliban said Monday that it will not take part in a peace conference with the Afghan government slated for Friday in Istanbul. "Our current position is that we can't participate in the conference," the Islamic group's spokesman Mohammad Naeem told Bloomberg in a text message. The two sides were expected to reach a political agreement in Istanbul that would kick off efforts to end Afghanistan's 20-year conflict.
One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees water allocations in the federally owned Klamath Project, is expected to announce this week how the season's water will be divvied up after delaying the decision a month. For the first time in 20 years, it's possible that the 1,400 irrigators who have farmed for generations on 225,000 acres (91,000 hectares) of reclaimed farmland will get no water at all — or so little that farming wouldn't be worth it.
PRAGUE (Reuters) -Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek, who frequently warned against risks posed by Russia and China, was sacked on Monday after losing a bid to lead his own centre-left Social Democratic party (CSSD) party last week. His replacement may take a less resolute stance on China and possibly on other issues such as Russia and its "vaccine diplomacy" or its bid in a Czech nuclear power plant tender. President Milos Zeman, who favours close ties with Russia and China and often clashed with Petricek, dismissed him after receiving a proposal to do so from Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
A 45-year-old man was fatally shot near Duke University on Saturday evening, the third fatal shooting in Durham in a week. Police responded around 5 p.m. Saturday to a call on Rutherford Street, near Duke's East Campus, where they found Ander Thomas Nelson Jr. lying outside shot. Last Monday, Joshua Garner, 18, of Durham, was found dead in a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix at Kirby Street and Chowan Avenue.
A U.S. Army lieutenant filed a lawsuit against two Virginia police officers over what court papers say was a violent traffic stop, where officers pointed their guns, knocked him to the ground, pepper-sprayed him and "threatened to murder him."
A former counselor accused of raping one boy and repeatedly groping another at New Hampshire's youth detention center in the 1990s denied the allegations when questioned by police but acknowledged being reprimanded for “wrestling with children,” a prosecutor said Monday. Frank Davis, 79, of Hopkinton, is one of seven former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester who were arrested last week and charged with either sexual assault or being accomplices to the abuse of 11 teens from 1994 to 2005. The center, now called the Sununu Youth Services Center, has been the target of a broad criminal investigation since 2019, along with a lawsuit in which more than 200 men and women allege they were physically or sexually abused as children by 150 staffers from 1963 to 2018.
Joel Greenberg tried to use his relationship with Rep. Matt Gaetz to get a Trump pardon, Politico reports. Greenberg is facing a slew of federal charges for crimes including sex trafficking of a minor. Gaetz is also under federal investigation for sex trafficking and paying women for sex.
At least 82 were killed in a military crackdown on anti-coup protests in Bago, Myanmar, on Friday. A local group said on Facebook that the military is charging $85 to retrieve bodies of the victims. Myanmar has been embroiled in unrest since the military carried out a coup on February 1.
The Kumbh Mela, which runs through April, comes during India's worst surge in new infections since the pandemic began, with a seven-day rolling average of more than 130,000 new cases per day. Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with patients, and experts worry the worst is yet to come. Critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party say the festival has been allowed at a time when infections are skyrocketing because the government isn't willing to anger Hindus, who are the party's biggest supporters.
All schools in Canada's most populous province will be shut down and move to online learning because of a record number of coronavirus infections fueled by more-contagious virus variants, Ontario's premier announced Monday. Premier Doug Ford said his government is moving to online-only after the April break this week. Schools in Canada's largest city of Toronto were already shut since last Wednesday.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden's communication style on Monday. Biden "does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories," Psaki said. The comments came after a GOP senator criticized Biden's use of social media by quoting a Politico article.
When Angie González vanished from the small town of Barranquitas earlier this year, her mother began imagining Puerto Rico's steep, verdant mountains. Elba Santos flew from Connecticut, where she has lived since Hurricane María, to search for the 29-year-old nurse and mother of three in the Cordillera Central, the sierra that fractures the island in half from east to west.
The Biden administration is moving ahead with a large jobs plan it insists it wants to be bipartisan. A top advisor said he doesn't need Republican votes in Congress for an infrastructure plan to be bipartisan. Bipartisanship "doesn't say the Republicans have to be in Congress," advisor Anita Dunn told the Post.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) may have only briefly figured in the cold open of this week's Saturday Night Live, but he was the lead story on "Weekend Update" again. "Matt Gaetz, who looks like all the dudes from American Pie combined, reportedly sent $900 on Venmo to an alleged sex trafficker, who then forwarded that same exact amount to three young women in payments labeled 'tuition' and 'school' — which, if true, would make him the only congressman actually helping with student loans," joked anchor Colin Jost. "But at least Gaetz is taking the allegations seriously," Jost added.
Officials in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, released footage of the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. Minnesota police have released footage from an officer's body camera showing the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, whose death sparked protests and demonstrations. Wright, 20, was stopped by a Brooklyn Center police officer in a suburb of Minneapolis at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Brooklyn Center police said in a statement.
For the first time in over five decades, a leader without the last name Castro is expected to take the helm of Cuba's ruling party as officials try to usher through a generational leadership change amid a crushing economic crisis. Raul Castro is expected to step down as the Communist Party's first secretary general, considered the most powerful political position on the island, during the organization's Eighth Congress, which is slated to begin Friday. The transition comes at Cuba's most trying moment in years.
A $100,000 winning lottery ticket was sold at a Midlands area convenience store, according to the South Carolina Education Lottery. A winning Palmetto Cash 5 ticket was purchased in Manning, lottery officials said Monday in a news release. The winning numbers — 5, 7, 9, 37, 38, and Power-Up: 10 — were drawn Saturday.
Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector, had a troubled tenure, The Times reported. Before his federal charges, Greenberg was accused of abusing his office and wasting taxpayer funds. Greenberg, an associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz, is now a key player in the investigation into Gaetz.
A Florida woman who police say was so high on mind-bending drugs that she was screaming she was Harry Potter has been charged with the hit-and-run accident that killed a federal judge. U.S.District Judge Sandra Feuerstein, 75, was mowed down as she strolled down a Boca Raton sidewalk on Friday morning and was pronounced dead at the hospital. A 6-year-old boy, Anthony Ovchinnikov, was injured in the crash, but survived.
Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner doubled down on his criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday. Boehner said he "zeroed in" on Cruz because the senator was "stirring up some of the crazies in my own caucus." The former speaker even added in the audiobook of his memoir: "PS, Ted Cruz, go f--- yourself."
The subtle briefings were designed to give Prince Harry the softest possible landing on his arrival back in the UK ahead of his beloved grandfather's funeral on Saturday. From sources suggesting he was “united in grief” with the rest of the Royal family following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, to the couple's unofficial spokesman Omid Scobie insisting – should anyone be in doubt – that “Harry was incredibly close to Philip”, the Sussex spin machine was in evidence as the displaced Prince prepared for his first transatlantic flight in 13 months. Members of the Royal family also sought to calm serves ahead of what is feared could be a difficult reunion for the House of Windsor, with a palace source suggesting that the Prince of Wales was particularly looking forward to seeing his youngest son.
“There’s no ‘both sides of the debate’ when it comes to active voter suppression.”
“Companies that do this ooze contempt for their own customers and employees who are not in the leftmost quarter of opinion.”
“The truth is that Fortune 500 companies were never taking moral stances from the goodness of their corporate hearts.”
“The truth is, the companies hold the cards…If companies stick to their guns, Georgia is likely to back down as well.”
“When a company folds to the unfounded outrage of a few misinformed nuts, they are forever at the mob’s beck-and-call.”